Workers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
A. May assist with triage of emergency patients.
B. Assess extent of injuries or medical illnesses of trauma victims, patients with respiratory disease and stress, overdose and poisoning victims, industrial accident victims and other ill or injured individuals to determine emergency medical treatment
C. Administer pre-hospital emergency care, such as oxygen therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), spinal immobilization, bandaging and splinting, to patients
D. Establish and maintain intravenous treatment (IV), apply adjunctive equipment for ventilation and circulation complications, administer medications and provide other advanced emergency treatment to patients
E. Transport patients by air, land or water to hospital or other medical facility for further medical care
F. Document and record nature of injuries and illnesses and treatment provided
G. Assist hospital personnel with provision of medical treatment, if necessary
1. To be an ambulance attendant or work in another paramedical occupation, you usually need a college, hospital-based or other recognized program in emergency medical technology or courses in emergency health care and supervised practical training.
2. Depending on type and length of training, you need to be licensed by a regulatory body in Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.
3. If you'll be operating emergency vehicles you need the appropriate class of licence.
4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
4. First Aid
The average hourly wages for Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations is $20.96/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.